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Simple Tools

by Jordan Ficklin

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By request I give you some of the simple tools I have fashioned myself. I’m kind of a spoiled watchmaker because I had to buy lots of really nice tools when I started school. Because of that I haven’t had to improvise a lot of tools but here are some of what I have:


  1. Toothpick – great for cleaning the body cheese away from a case back before opening it.
  2. A modified razor blade. I took this simple straight blade and tapped it against a file creating a serrated edge. It’s a super thin and sturdy saw blade.
  3. Additional tips for my truing caliper.
  4. The tip of this clear plexi-stick has a screwdriver profile and a slot just the right size for adjusting the stud on an Etachron regulator system.
  5. A simple scribe made from carbon steel hardened and tempered to tool hardness.
  6. My barrel closer – used daily.
  7. Carrier for Jacot Tool or turning between centers.
  8. A special die for the crystal press with a cut out for the cyclops lens. I use it to push Sapphire crystals out of the bezel.
  9. Assorted stumps and pushers for the Horia jeweling tool the most useful one is the cannon pinion tightening stump.
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  11. A brass tray for warming pallets to adjust stones or for bluing screws.
  12. Pivot Gauges – school project, but very useful for determining the size of the hole in a jewel.

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